We advise keeping an eye on these five horses at Cheltenham this weekend, who are all set for an exciting season ahead.
13:50 Cheltenham - Friday
Nicholls has another exciting novice in Ask For Glory
Paul Nicholls’ Ask For Glory hasn’t been the easiest to train. Just four runs under rules since his debut in December 2018 are testament to this. However, the six-year-old is very talented. He bolted up in his most recent run at Wincanton in February, and has had wind surgery since. Ninth in the Champion Bumper in 2019, the race just happened a bit too quickly for him but the fact he was sent off 13/2 against that calibre of opposition shows how highly he is thought of. Paul Nicholls himself said he is a “high-class horse.” Running in the Novices' Hurdle over 2m5f on Friday, he is then set to embark on a novice chase campaign. Hopefully there are no issues this season, and if so, a promising season lies ahead for this exciting horse.
14:25 Cheltenham - Friday
Ballymore fifth goes chasing this season
Mossy Fen is set to make his chasing debut on Friday, after a fruitful novice hurdling campaign, winning on three occasions, notably the Grade 2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick in January. His season culminated with a respectable fifth in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, and an exciting first season of fences beckons for the five-year-old. A large scope and physique, Mossy Fen should be at home over the larger obstacles. The three mile trip here should pose no problem either. He faces some tough opposition here, namely the Gordon Elliott trained Galvin, but Nigel Twiston-Davies’ runner should give a bold first showing over fences. Plenty of options remain open further down the line, and 28/1 is available on Mossy Fen to win any race at the Cheltenham Festival.
16:45 Cheltenham - Friday
Fusil Raffles could be an Arkle contender
Fusil Raffles put in a flawless round of jumping on his chasing debut last month at Uttoxeter and is one to keep on side this season. The five-year-old was niggled along in stages by Daryl Jacob but put the race to bed in commanding fashion. Last season didn’t quite go to plan after being sent off joint-favourite in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, and then not firing at Cheltenham. However, Nicky Henderson’s gelding looks to have put that firmly behind him. Running in the Novices’ Chase over two miles on Friday, Fusil Raffles has an exciting chasing campaign ahead and the Arkle could be the goal come March.
14:05 Cheltenham - Saturday
Skelton's Allmankind should overcome Triumph Hurdle disappointment
Allmankind had a sensational juvenile campaign, producing a hat-trick of victories in November and December. His front running style was a brilliant watch, winning those races by a combined margin of 48 lengths. The son of Sea Of Moon was sent off 7/2 for the Triumph Hurdle, and led for a long way before fading. He wasn’t at his best that day but there is certainly more to come from the four-year-old. Back at the scene of his last run in March, The Masterson Holdings Hurdle on Saturday is his first task this season. Dan Skelton has reported that he has worked very well over summer, and thinks he will go very well this weekend. He is currently a 50/1 chance for the Champion Hurdle.
Allmankind makes all to win the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at @CheltenhamRaces and maintains his unbeaten record over hurdles for @DSkeltonRacing and @harryskelton89#TheNovemberMeeting pic.twitter.com/bFi5AnjfH3— Racing TV (@RacingTV) November 16, 2019
14:40 Cheltenham - Saturday
Not That Fuisse bound to feature in high quality handicaps
Not That Fuisse is a handicapper worth following this season, and looks overpriced in the four runner 2m4f Novices' Chase on Saturday. He won on seasonal reappearance in fine style in September at Perth. Harry Skelton hardly had to ask a question of his mount and he won cosily. Dan Skelton’s seven-year-old ended last season with a second behind On The Slopes (runs on Friday), who has gone up 14lb since. Not That Fuisse also finished sixth in the BetVictor Gold Cup in November against rivals with far more experience than himself. Now with a season over fences under his belt, he can come into his own this year and is bound to feature in some high quality handicaps throughout the season.